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« on: February 16, 2006 06:02:55 PM »

So I'm fairly new to craftster, but thought you all would enjoy seeing this project I made for one of my textile design classes in college.  The gist of the class was thinking outside of the box when it comes to techniques usually applied to textiles, such as embroidery, sequining (sequins make me drool!!! Ever check out www.ccartwright.com ?  If not, and you love sequins, you should!), beading, fabric texturing techniques, and the like.  For my final project, I made a dress of sorts made out of seed and bugle beads.  I made the straps too long but am generally pleased with the way it came out.  I was going to have it go down the runway in our year end show but it's very delicate and something seemed to break everytime I handled it, so it never had a chance to be photographed.  Excuse my bad photography and the weird nude colored getup I wore so you could see it.  Without further adieu:  Thar she blows!:


The hem

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2006 06:06:05 PM »

you are crazy! CRAZY AWESOME!! i really like it!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006 06:10:19 PM »

Very nice,  Must weigh a tonne.   I admire your paitience.

The reason it keeps falling apart is most likely the bugels are cutting your thread because they have sharp edges.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2006 06:14:28 PM »

That is a beautiful and creative piece, how long did it take you to finish the dress?   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2006 06:15:28 PM »

The reason it keeps falling apart is most likely the bugels are cutting your thread because they have sharp edges.

Actually, there are five sead beads at every intersection:  one against the end of the bugle and one for the center of the intersection.  Those were my teacher and my's attempted answer to the bugles cutting the thread thing.  So, there are rounded edges to the seed beads that help, but don't seem to eliminate the problem.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2006 06:18:44 PM »

That is a beautiful and creative piece, how long did it take you to finish the dress?   Grin

Oy.  I don't know.  I almost didn't get it done in time!  But it was hours and hours and hours.  So...when another girl in the class came in with a beaded glove that only covered halfway down her palm I got to thinking "how could you not finish that when I did all of this?!  AHHH!"  I made it 2 years ago so I'm not sure how long it took, but for argument's sake I would say maybe 60 to 80 hours?
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2006 06:26:01 PM »

The reason it keeps falling apart is most likely the bugels are cutting your thread because they have sharp edges.

Actually, there are five sead beads at every intersection:  one against the end of the bugle and one for the center of the intersection.  Those were my teacher and my's attempted answer to the bugles cutting the thread thing.  So, there are rounded edges to the seed beads that help, but don't seem to eliminate the problem.

Could be the weight of all those beads is causing the thread to break at weak spots.
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2006 06:35:29 PM »

The reason it keeps falling apart is most likely the bugels are cutting your thread because they have sharp edges.

Actually, there are five sead beads at every intersection:  one against the end of the bugle and one for the center of the intersection.  Those were my teacher and my's attempted answer to the bugles cutting the thread thing.  So, there are rounded edges to the seed beads that help, but don't seem to eliminate the problem.

Could be the weight of all those beads is causing the thread to break at weak spots.

Yeah I'm sure that's what it is.  There's not really a good way to fix that, though...oh well!  I'll just try and be careful with it.  It's a good thing I'm not plannin' on wearing this thing dancing!  Lol
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2006 08:07:35 PM »

Loooks greatt!!! <33 Smiley so talented. You can tell you put alooot of effort into it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2006 08:28:38 PM »

holy cow
when i saw this the first thought i had was "this woman is crazy....genious crazy!"
that is the most incredible thing i have ever seen
ive never done bead weaving or netting before( mostly because im way to scared) but you have definately inspired me!
but i think ill just stick to a necklace or something....
super awesome job though its so cool!
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